6 Healthy Reasons To Include More Oats In Your Diet

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By Monica Mendoza

oatsSimple they may be, but oats have a lot to offer beyond just being an easy-to-cook breakfast staple. In fact, there are many ways to incorporate more oats into your daily meals, like pancakes, salads, smoothies, muffins, and no-bake cookies and biscuits. You can even use oats to replace rice in various recipes, like congee or pilaf. If you have limited culinary skills or don’t have much time to cook, then there’s also ready-to-drink, delicious milked oats.

With the question of availability and variety out of the way, here now are several healthy reasons why you should start eating (and drinking) more oats.

Oats Have a Great Balance of Nutrients

Oats are among the healthiest, if not the healthiest, whole grain foods you can eat. They are a good source of healthy carbohydrates and contain about 17 grams of protein per 100-gram serving, which is higher than most kinds of grains. Dry oats also contain a variety of vitamins including vitamins E, B1, B5, folate, and minerals like manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.

One cup of oats also contains just 4 grams of fat and about 300 calories per cup. This makes it a good choice for weight loss since it can make you feel full even with a small serving.

Oats are Rich in Soluble Fiber

Oats contain about 11 grams of soluble fiber per 100 grams. This includes beta-glucan, a powerful fiber which reduces both LDL or “bad” cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also contributes to the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and intestines, thus promoting better digestion and bowel movement.

Beta glucan and other fibers in oats also help make you feel fuller quickly and for longer, since it slows down your digestion. What’s more, beta-glucan has also been found to increase the production of cholecystokinin, a kind of hunger-fighting hormone. Both of these actions may help in the process of losing weight and decreasing the risk of obesity.

Oats are Rich in Antioxidants

In particular, whole oats have a high concentration of the polyphenol called avenanthramide, which helps lower blood pressure by increasing the body’s production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that dilates the blood vessels, which in turn results in better blood flow. Avenanthramide has also been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Oats also contain vitamin E, which is scientifically proven to help strengthen the immune system. Vitamin E also helps keep the skin healthy, balancing its pH and at the same time keeping it soft and moisturized.

Oats are Gluten-Free

Those with celiac disease will be happy to know that oats are naturally gluten-free, so they can enjoy the nutritional benefits of these whole grains without worrying about aggravating their medical condition. To be on the safe side, check the labels to make sure that the oats you are buying aren’t made or processed using the same equipment as other non-gluten-free grains like wheat and barley.

Oats Reduce Risk Factors for CVD

Researchers have yet to arrive at conclusive evidence that oats and other whole grains can directly reduce the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular disorders. However, oats have already been proven to reduce risk factors for heart disease like high cholesterol levels, hypertension, and diabetes.

Oats can Help Boost Your Energy in a Healthy Way

Do you feel lazy during the mornings? Eating oats for breakfast might just be the ticket to feeling more energized. Oats are a good source of both good, slow-digesting carbohydrates and proteins, which helps energize your body and make you feel more alert. And because the natural sugars in oats are processed much slower compared to other kinds of sugar, your energy levels are more or less consistent until they are fully digested.

It’s a common enough food that we sometimes take it for granted. But with all of these health benefits, and possibly more that have yet to be discovered, it’s about time that we pay more attention to the humble oat!

6 Simple Ways To Boost Productivity And Work Performance

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By Jenny Perkins

consultIn today’s dynamic professional environment, the ultimate goal for both the employee and the employer is higher productivity. The business world has become increasingly competitive, and clients want to see results. The workplace has become stressful, challenging and requires you to multitask efficiently. Now you do want to earn appreciation and get yourself a promotion, but how? Some employees try hard but still aren’t able to bring their A-game. Well, no need to sweat it and keep reading as I will disclose simple tricks to boost your productivity.

For Employees

Give Your Day an Energetic Start

People who don’t wake up feeling fresh and energetic may be unable to make the most of their capabilities. It is essential to begin the day with positivity, to clear up all the negative thoughts and start fresh. The first thing you should do is plan a morning routine that you can conveniently follow. Wake up a little early and plan a few activities that can kick-start your day. You can try yoga or meditation; it will de-clutter your mind and improve your focus and concentration throughout the day. Another beneficial habit is to remind yourself of your goals and targets each day, don’t forget about the bigger picture as that will keep you motivated.

Focus on One Task at a Time

You may be assigned multiple tasks in a day which would automatically get you thinking that it is best to multitask. Well, it is not, research shows that it takes longer for you to complete an activity when you focus on various things at one time. It is best to minimize distractions and create your workspace.  Limit the usage of social media, don’t even check other emails, just complete one task at a time and try your best to ace it.

Don’t Stress Out

We tend to make mistakes when we are stressed or worried. You already have a lot on your to-do list, and your boss assigns you another task, and this is when you feel you have lost control. Stop right there and practice breathing exercises to refocus your mind. Afterward prioritize the projects by deadlines, stakeholders or importance. Choose some tasks to get help with and work on the others that you think you can manage alone. Now take a deep breath and begin.

For the Employer

Arrange Bring-Your-Pet to Work Days

petMany leading organizations including Amazon, Google have endorsed the idea of bringing pets to work. Research shows that dog-owners who bring dogs to work report lower stress level and higher workplace satisfaction which eventually leads to higher productivity. Of course, there are a few things that you would need to take in consideration, but always remember that happier employees are productive employees.

Get Your Team to Meditate Together

Meditation offers plenty of benefits; it boosts focus, concentration and can help improve team coordination leading to better results. Implement in-office meditation sessions to assist your employees in reducing stress and improving their work performance.

Promote a Safer and Healthier Workplace                               

The work environment mainly impacts employee performance. Promoting a healthy workplace would lead to less absenteeism and higher productivity. Train your employees regarding the importance of safety and provide them the required equipment. Motivate them to adopt healthy habits and offer health-care benefits based on preventive care.

– Jenny Perkins is an Animal Behavior Specialist and a passionate writer. She loves to write about the nutrition, health, and care of dogs. She aims at providing tips to dog owners that can help them become better pet parents. She writes for the blog Here Pup.

Work That Chair: 6 Household Items For Awesome Abs

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below…..Even though this article is from February for heart health month, it has some valuable tips to apply all year round.

seniorexerciseIf you are feeling that your clothes are a tad snug, the love handles are too much to handle, you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.9% of U.S. adult women are overweight. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. February is heart health month and Agnes Davis, a woman over 50, knows first hand that weight not only impacts the exterior, but also the interior and she wants to change that.

Six years ago, Agnes C. Davis was wrongfully terminated from her job at a top New York City hospital and had to reinvent her professional and personal life. She was broken, broke depressed and overweight. Davis fought hard to get her job back and fought harder to maintain her sanity and get the weight off. Working out at home was her medicine of choice.

“We all have things in our homes we can utilize to get that body ready for spring/summer. Okay, maybe, you won’t be wearing a bikini just yet, but you can start to drop pounds, lean out, change eating habits and with consistency a new body will emerge. After I was wrongfully terminated from my job, I started to eat and gained weight on my slender physique. Everything was just harder to do and coupled with depression the weight kept on coming. I decided to make a change and looked around in my house to see what I could use for a good workout. Keep in mind that I am a swimmer, so my body was always lean but packing on 5-7 extra pounds can be heavy for anyone’s joints and heart, including mine,” expresses Davis.

These days, Davis, is healthy, fit, fabulous and the CEO of swim swim swim I SAY (http://www.swimswimswimisay.com), and a full-time cardiovascular perfusionist at a top New York City hospital. Davis is a passionate warrior for living life, having fun and making a difference. “I don’t go to the gym, all the equipment to save your life and heart is in your house. Stick to a plan/vision, commitment, exercise and repetition,” says Agnes.

Agnes C. Davis’ Tips for Awesome Abs and Arms in 25 Minutes:

healthyheart1) Mind matters. The first essential piece of equipment to a healthy body is a healthy mindset. Use your mind for motivation.

2) Work that chair. Find a durable and stable chair in your home to start your balancing routine. Once you can balance on the chair, start doing bent leg raises with knee above your hips. Graduate to using chair for squats. Hold the abdominal muscle in each time. This exercise will start to shape your abs, hips, butt and legs. When you get stronger, get rid of the chair.

3) Water is magical. Use (2) bottles of 5-liter as your dumbbells to work those arms. Start with dumbbell curls, overhead presses, kickbacks, etc. Increase the water bottle weight, as it gets easier. *Tip: Drink the bottles of water as you move onto bigger bottles.

4) Kick the garbage out. Tall garbage cans are great for squats. Hold the can; bend down with wide legs turned out and a straight back. Keep your abdominal strong and watch a perfect form emerge. No weight needed, your natural body will help you tone over time.

5) Take this Sheet and bicep curl it. Take an old bed sheet, twirl the sheet, put one hand on each end then step on the sheet with both feet in the middle. Now bend the knees slightly holding the sheet with both elbows at a slight right angle into your side. Slide your right foot on the sheet, knees still bent to meet your left foot. Right arm will pull up on sheet to create a bicep curl while keeping the sheet nice and tight. Repeat (10x) on each side.

6) Lift that body, now give me 10. The best way to tone is to use your (own) body, your dead weight so to speak. Start with doing modified push-ups using your body weight to go up and down. As it becomes easier, your challenge is to do a full body push up, with no weight to build stamina and tone the body.

“By following these tips, you’ll decrease stress, increase heart health, and promote self confidence while getting your body back into shape,” Agnes Davis says.

About Agnes C. Davis:

Agnes C. Davis is the CEO, swim swim swim I SAY (sssIS) the only female minority-owned and operated swimming company in New York City. Davis’ work has been featured in such national platforms as Associated Press, USA Today, ABC News, Yahoo, Washington Post, as well as Black Enterprise and Sirius XM. For more information on Agnes, visit her website at: http://www.swimswimswimisay.com/

Top 6 Super Foods For New Mothers

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By Mike Chapman

pregnantSummary: Congratulations to the new mommies there! While you have entered the new phase of life, with your happiness, you responsibilities have multiplied to a great number. Now you need to be very careful with everything, especially with your diet. Let’s find out what kind of super-food can make you feel better and healthy.

Hope you are enjoying this time. You have just brought a new life in the world and now most of your time goes with him. Your world revolves around the little baby and this at times leaves you wondering where your energy and time fly away. It is something what every new mom worries about. If you are also in the same dilemma, what to have and what not to, for increased energy level, here is the solution.

Have a look at the 5 super-food which can do wonder to your and the baby’s health together. Check out:

1. High-fiber cereal: The new mothers make sure you take a bowl at breakfast daily. This will surely satisfy your hunger and prevent you from a common problem in new moms, i.e. constipation. Due to breastfeeding hormones, the process of intestines slows down. You can take any general multi-bran cereals along with a dollop of low-fat yogurt. This combination serves your body with the right amount of calcium. Also you get probiotics (a good bacteria), which aid your digestive system.

2. Eggs: This one is a boon for the moms who really worry a lot about their post pregnancy weight. Having eggs in your daily diet helps you to shed baby weight. You can add it to breakfast and then you can cut down the high calories for rest of the day. Do you know that a single egg has 5 or 6 grams of filling protein approximately? Thus, it will stop those munchies you are forced to have after few hours. Along this, eggs are known to be one of nature’s best sources of choline. As all nutrients are passed to your infant through the breast milk, this will be greatly helpful in building the memory center of a baby’s brain.

3. Salmon: It has been known for its amazing nutritional value. Containing a high amount of a fat, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), salmon helps in development of your newborn’s nervous system. It is a rich source of protein and vitamin B12. Thus, it will prevent you from postpartum depression. You can add two main servings of salmon in a week. In addition, add wild and fresh salmon rather than the frozen one.

4. Brown Rice: You are in love with the rice. No problem, but you need to switch to the brown option. These are healthy whole-grain carbohydrates, and are something very important for all new mothers. Include them to your diet as it helps you keep your energy level high and make your blood sugar level consistent. As compared to white rice, it has more fiber and other essential nutrients which help in increasing the breast milk supply and quality.

5. Nuts and seeds: Packed with high nutrition, they serve as a great source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein, fiber, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. You need to add them to your daily need. It will protect you from heart diseases. Also it works as an anti-aging agent, which is highly useful for your skin. Always keep a handful of almonds or an apple with almond butter with you.

fruitswhite6. Blueberries: New mothers need to add blueberries to their diet. Being a rich agent of antioxidants, these fruits help you to destroy the free radicals. It is beneficial for you and your baby, and protects you both from several diseases. Having vitamins and minerals in abundance, a nursing mother needs healthy dose of carbohydrates and blueberries are the most apt food. You can include two or more servings of the juicy berries daily.

Consuming them in the right amount will get the energy to look after your newborn and also help you retain your figure back. Isn’t that all you have been looking for!

Mike Chapman is Health and fitness consultant associated with Dr. Scabies providing professional advice to seekers on dermal issues. He is also passionate about writing on Health, Fitness and Natural remedies. He love to shares his experience in his words with online followers, visitors and friends.

6 Practical Steps To Overcome Back To School Stress

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By Kellie Lupe-Smith

schoolbusSchool is about to start up again and for many kids a variety of emotions begin to surface ranging from excitement, nervous anticipation to all out dread and panic. Starting a new school year is about, making new friends, meeting new teachers, buying new clothes, book bags, facing bullies, learning a new curriculum and of course – homework. In the year 2015, going back to school brings a host of new stresses that many parents and teachers didn’t have when they were growing up. In the digital age kids are getting less and less sleep because their minds are over stimulated by electronics and lack of sleep can create a number of problems, mood swings, weight gain and brain fog. Kids are also suffering from overwhelming stress due to social anxiety, sports pressures and even weight gain due to stress eating.

The good news is, there are tools that can have an immediate impact on adolescents in stressful and uncomfortable situations. Here are the top six techniques that parents and teachers can use to help students (and themselves) stay relaxed this back-to-school season.

1. Breathe deeply and correctly. When the human body encounters stress of any kind, our chest constricts causing more shallow breathing to occur. In this way we only utilize a small portion of our lung capacity and typically we only use the upper part of our torso. This allows the sympathetic nervous system to be activated thereby creating a fight-or-flight response. Instead, if you breathe deeply involving the lower part of the lungs and diaphragm you can activate the parasympathetic nervous system creating a rest-and-digest response.

2. Elevate the feet. Another way to stimulate the rest-and-digest response is to elevate the feet. One of the best and most effective ways to do this is lying on your back with your legs resting on a chair or against the wall. In yoga this posture is called Viparita Karani.

3. Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy offers a solution that can have benefits that last into adulthood. Hypnosis is a method of getting one’s mind into a state of concentrated awareness so they can find resolutions within themselves and create change in a positive and lasting way.

4. Remember you’re not alone. Sometimes knowing that every other parent and student out there is experiencing something similar, can relieve you from feelings of isolation. Remember that we are a community of people with a common goal of being the best student, parent, or teacher we can be.

kids5. Think more about what you want. It astounds me how many people when asked what they want can only name me a list of what they don’t want. The fact is that the subconscious mind cannot process negatives directly so whenever you think “I don’t want to stay awake all night” or “I don’t want to eat too much candy” your brain only hears “stay awake all night” and “eat candy.” The subconscious mind if left to its own devices is like an unruly child, doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants. It needs direction. So when you can tell the mind exactly what you want, it knows what to do and can do it. The subconscious mind loves to follow orders. In essence what you think about you bring about.

6. Change your perspective. Lastly and most importantly, gain a broader perspective of your life. Imagine you can see into the future and know something good is coming. Imagine that you already knew everything works out in the end, you get through the school year and actually have a lot of fun along the way. Remember your life one year ago and recognize all that you have accomplished in that year. Do you even remember the things that worried you one year ago? Now imagine your life five years from now. How do you look back and see your life differently looking back toward today? The small detail of starting schools seems smaller and more manageable when you know the big picture.

Have a wonderful 2015-2016 school year! May this be your best school year yet.

Kellie Lupe-Smith is a certified Hypnotherapist and Yoga Teacher. She is the owner of Studio City Hypnosis and creator of Hypno Yoga LA. Her mission is to help those who suffer from stress, weight issues or breaking bad habits so they can live the life they deserve. Her background includes Neuro Linguistics, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Advanced Hypnosis.

6 Ways To Encourage Healthy Eating At Home

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By Bryn Huntpalmer

healthyheartIt’s a familiar 1950s sitcom scene: Mom and Dad sit at the table across from the family’s notoriously picky eater, in a dinnertime showdown that usually involves tears and and ultimately ends in an untouched plate of cold vegetables. It would be an understatement to say that kids don’t always have the healthiest taste in foods. The kitchen doesn’t have to be a battleground though, here are six ways to encourage healthy eating at home.

1. Persistence is Key
Children need to be exposed to a new food an average of 11 times before they will be used to it and willing to try it, so if your child doesn’t immediately grab for the broccoli, it doesn’t mean that he or she doesn’t like it and shouldn’t be served it, it may just mean they need more chances to become accustomed to it.

2. Try Something New
If you’ve already used up your tried and true veggies, remember that not everyone has the same tastes, and try something you may not usually cook for yourself. Just because you’re not a fan of asparagus, doesn’t mean your child will feel the same way.

Another way to try something new is a new preparation method. If you’ve done steamed veggies over and over again, look up some new recipes. Did you know that carrots can be glazed and grilled? Kale and broccoli can be coated in garlic and olive oil and baked. Also, various sauces can make veggies more palatable, not just to the kiddos but to the adults as well. Once your child decides they like a certain kind of veggie, you can use it in more recipes and figure out how to incorporate it more into the weekly menu.

3. Blend it up!
Even kids who say they hate veggies and won’t touch fruit will still sometimes eat them in certain forms. Whether blended into yogurt, frozen into fruit pops, chopped into sauce, or made into a smoothie, there are a lot of ways to make fruit and veggies more easily consumable.

You can make a very simple yet healthy fruit smoothie using whatever fruits you know your child will eat and full-fat yogurt. Once they’re used to drinking smoothies, you can start slowly adding in new, unobtrusive ingredients. Carrots blend very well into most smoothies, as do fresh tomatoes.

fruitswhite4. Hide the Healthy
If you keep hearing “I DON’T LIKE THAT!”, try hiding the fruit and veggies and don’t mention their existence to your picky eaters. If you put cooked spinach in a food processor it will be almost imperceptible in spaghetti sauce. In fact, there are entire cookbooks dedicated to recipes that will teach you to hide fruits and veggies in foods your kids will definitely eat, like brownies.

In addition, most kiddos won’t complain about the strawberries on strawberry shortcake, or the banana in a banana split. Adding peanut butter can be an effective way to get a child to try a fruit or veggie, and sometimes cream cheese can work wonders too. Obviously, you want you kids to learn to eventually love these healthy foods but if you have a picky toddler on your hands, it can be nice to rest assured that they are getting essential vitamins and nutrients even if they don’t know it.

5. Work Out a Rewards System
You’re probably thinking you aren’t willing to be so indulgent to your child’s whims, but before you get too judgmental, remember that even adults need rewards sometimes. How many times have we decided to stop off at the gym so we can have a guilt-free dessert after dinner?

Involve your child in the dinner decisions, and find out what veggie sides he or she is willing to eat. Let them know that there will be no dessert if they don’t eat the foods they’ve picked. That way, if there’s still untouched veggies on the plate at the end of the meal, you can at least sleep easy knowing you did worsen the issue by giving them a treat as well.

6. Get the Kids Involved
Kids like to help out in the kitchen, and they are much more likely to try something they helped prepare. Take your picky eater to the grocery store with you and have them help you pick out the meal. At dinner time, ask them to help you cook it, and watch with amazement as they actually take a bite without a fight! Even very young kids can help with tasks like mixing, measuring and sorting.

Better yet, grow your own fruits and veggies! You kids will be sure to show interest in vegetables that grew from seeds right in their own backyard. Plus they taste better and have more nutrients for the whole family.

For more tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

6 Ways A Hug A Day Keeps Illness Away

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

friendsNew research suggests that prevention of infections and reducing stress-related illness might be as simple as a hug from a trusted person. The findings of this latest research were published in Psychological Science. It found that the physical act of hugging is associated with protection from the effects of depression and anxiety, as well as lessening the number of stress-induced infections and severe illness symptoms.

The research team studied hugging as an example of social support, because hugs are typically a marker of having a more intimate and close relationship with another person. People who have ongoing conflicts with others are less able to fight off cold viruses and infection. The interesting fact is what hugging represents to the participants. They stated that hugging made them feel more connected, more supported, more validated and intimate with the hugger, which had a direct effect on their immune system. The researchers went on to say that those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection.
(http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/27704132/six-ways-a-hug-a-day-keeps-illness-away).

If you’ve decided that this is your year to be on a health kick, in addition to watching your diet and exercising, you may want to add hugging to your list of daily activities.

Here are six ways to protect your health and relationships with hugs:

1. Studies show people who are hugged regularly by their close friends and family have reduced blood pressure, lower heart rates and feel more connected to one another.

2. People who are contented in their marriages report frequent hugging and non-sexual touching.

3. Couples who report hugging or cuddling frequently also report feeling more emotionally connected to their partner. They also reported feeling more secure than non-hugging/minimal-touch couples.

4. Ten minutes of hand-holding or hugging greatly reduced couples’ reported stress and the harmful effects of stress on their body.

5. The release of oxytocin in the body from hugging helps foster a healthy immune system.

6. Children who grow up watching their parents hug feel more secure and perform better in school.

As you begin the new year, don’t forget the most important gift you can give all year round, the gift of belonging, being valued and being emotionally connected to your loved ones. Something as simple as a hug can provide those feelings and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

6 Signs That Your Baby Has Allergies

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By Julieane Hernandez

mombabyBabies are not invincible. From the moment they enter world, they are very, very fragile beings. They are handled by care with all, to make sure that they are protected well.

But no matter how you do your best to protect babies, they will still be prone to a variety of sickness that serve to strengthen their immune system from future attacks. This is why they still need medicine for headache and fever from time to time.

One of the ailments that could trouble your bundle of joy are allergies. An allergy is a hypersensitive bodily reaction to normal irritants, signaling a dysfunction of the immune system. It could be triggered by food, animal fur, and even pollen!

But how can you tell if your baby has allergies? In this article, we’ll look at the 6 signs of this human hypersensitivity disorder.

1. Constant sniffles

If your infant regularly contracts the sniffles, especially in the morning, it could be a sign of allergic rhinitis, caused by allergens in the air during certain seasons or even those inside the house.

2. Crankiness

Allergens can be a bother to a point that it wakes up babies in the middle of the night, called micro-arousals. This can cause babies to be surprisingly grouchier because of the lack of sleep. You might even awaken to your infant’s cries or coughing episodes in the wee small hours.

3. Itchiness in the eyes

Do your little tots frequently rub their eyes to the point it turns red? Do you catch them frequently balling their hands into fists and scratching their eyes out? Itchiness there is a major indication of an allergic reaction, while red, unscratched eyes is a possible sign of a fever.

4. Clear phlegm

A phlegm-filled nose and throat is another indication of an allergic reaction. The color won’t be any hue of green or yellow, for that matter. Phlegm-induced allergic spells are clear in color. In relation to their viscosity, the clear phlegm is thin, instead of thick like the yellow/green colored ones.

5. Breathing difficulty/breathing through the mouth

babyThe fifth sign almost always goes hand-in-hand with the first. If a baby’s nose is clogged, he/she will definitely have a struggled breathing. What happens then is that an infant will be forced to breathe heavily through the mouth instead.

6. Rashes and swelling

Sometimes, children will contract rashes and possible swelling of a certain body party when near an allergen. Normal rashes look like red pockmarks on the skin. But if they are accompanied by swelling, then the rash is a definite sign of an allergic reaction.

Conclusion:

To avoid this unwanted scenario from happening, get your child immediately tested for allergies before they even happen. This involves skin and blood work to determine what will set off one’s bodily reaction when faced with an allergen. Once the results are you, you’ll know what specific food, substances, or environments to avoid so that your baby doesn’t suffer from an allergic reaction.

And that ends our article. To recap, some of the signs a baby has allergies are constant sniffles, crankiness, itchiness in the eyes, clear phlegm, breathing difficulty, rashes and swelling on a certain body part. We hope you learned something new today.

Have you successfully averted any of these reactions with your infants? Do you know of any more signs that your baby suffers from allergies? If you have any more information regarding the above questions, let us know in the comments section below.

– Julieane Hernandez is a freelance writer and a hotel and restaurant management graduate turned designer. She’s an advanced tri-athlete during weekends. She’s been in the industry for about 6 years now and She’s learned so much from all the experiences she’s been through. Follow her on twitter and google+

6 Life – Transforming Lessons That Can Help You Heal From A Serious Condition

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By Bhava Ram

mansmileThe greatest adversity in your life is also your greatest gift. A 2013 study found that those who reported the highest levels of trauma and adversity also reported the highest levels of growth and self-development. (Here’s the link.) This was definitely true for me.

I wasn’t always a yoga master. In fact, I used to be a poster child for hopelessness.

By my 50th birthday, I had lost my career as an NBC war correspondent to illness and injury. After I broke my back, failed surgery left me crippled and condemned to life in a body brace. I became addicted to painkillers, antidepressants, uppers, and alcohol. I gained 100 pounds, and then was diagnosed with stage IV terminal throat cancer. I felt my life was over.

The turning point for me came when my two-year-old son, Morgan, begged me, “Get up, Daddy.” Those three words became my motivator and my healing mantra.

Here are six lessons I learned from the adversity I had to overcome.

Working harder to get ahead won’t help you reach your potential.
I used to think that working longer and harder in my profession as a journalist was the path to fulfillment. I was recognized with a prestigious journalistic award and had many meaningful experiences, but at the end of the day, I lost my health, my marriage, and nearly lost my future–some due to working so hard, others not. Identify your true potential as a person, not as a professional, and pursue that instead with the same level of zeal.

Having a clear mantra or intention will carry you through difficult times.
If you’re determined to make a major change in your lifestyle, you’ll have to approach the challenge relentlessly, passionately, and with unflagging motivation. The easiest way to do this is to find something that you desperately care about, something that when you think about it impels your forward with even more resolve. In my case, as mentioned, it was living for my son. Whenever I faltered, I repeated his three-word plea to me over and over. A mantra also helps you flick away distracting thoughts and impulses.

We all have the power to take control of our health, and the capacity to self-heal.
Doctors may tell you your situation is hopeless. Or they may tell you the alternative healing path you’ve chosen won’t work. Take charge of your own healing journey, with or without their help. The capacity of human beings to reinvent ourselves is infinite–limited mainly by our fears. You can support your body’s innate ability to self-heal through diet, detoxing, meditation, a spiritual discipline, the loving support of friends and family, movement, mind-body therapies, energy medicine, and excellent teachers. The doctors called my recovery “a miracle”; I call it enabling my body to reach its full potential.

healthywordsIf you want to completely transform your health, make it your number one priority.
I had the good fortune to be able to devote myself to self-healing 12 hours a day. With the help of loved ones, healing became my primary job. Not all people can quit their jobs while healing. But think of it this way. If you get so sick you can’t work, you’ll lose your job anyway. When faced with a life-or-death decision, choose the path that will help you live this rich, wonderful life a little longer. You can do it. Don’t let naysayers, low-value people and activities, or outside pressure discourage you from your mission to heal.

Find a healing discipline and dive into it with your fullest passion and focus.
There’s more than one way to heal one’s body. For me, it was yoga combined with Ayurvedic medicine, diet, and practices. Whatever discipline you choose, become the best student you’ve ever been. Do research, find teachers, take classes, go on retreats, enter a clinic, and engage in the discipline every day. For me, doing yoga 12 hours a day and changing what I put in my body was my “organic chemotherapy”–it altered my body chemistry, my state of mind, and made my body strong.

You can’t make much progress on your health quest until you clean up your act.
People who are very ill or seriously injured often feel that their suffering entitles them to indulgences like a sugary dessert, steak dinner, or cocktails at night. My body was so riddled with alcohol, prescription drugs, and unhealthy food that it took me days in a rehab facility to get these toxins out of my body. It took many more months of cleanses and a complete overhaul of my diet to reverser the effect of the poisons. Once I did, however, my body responded well to yoga and all the other healing modalities I was using.

– Brad Willis, a.k.a. Bhava Ram, is a former NBC News war correspondent who self-healed from a broken back, addition, failed surgery, and stage IV cancer using yoga. The founder of Deep Yoga, based in San Diego, he teaches workshops throughout the US and India. His new book is Warrior Pose: How Yoga (Literally) Saved My Life (BenBella Books). See his recent TEDx talk based on the book, and learn more at deepyoga.com.

Healthy Eating – 6 Excellent Tips For Healthy Life

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By Julian Hooks

fruits-and-vegetablesMost weight loss beginners are still deeply infused with the idea of just lifting weights to lose unwanted pounds. A healthy eating plan is necessary to achieve not only weight loss, but also a faster metabolic cycle. A person with a faster metabolism has a better chance of keeping the weight off. Here are a few healthy eating plans that can get you started in your quest for a healthier you.

1) Stay Away from colored water

If there’s one drink that’s good for you, it will definitely be that plain old water. Well, if you’re into stacking up fruits in a jar full of water and drinking them the morning after, then by all means, you can drink all you want. The colored water, I’m speaking of here, would be those carbonated drinks. Everybody knows that too much of these are harmful for one’s health because of the excessive sugar and artificial coloring content. A healthy eating plan would be something that does not include any consumption of powdered juice mixes and overly caffeinated energy drinks. Stick with drinking plain water instead of opting for those “rehydration” drinks.

2) Don’t go on a carb-less diet

Glucose and sucrose are the main nutrient sources of the human brain. Sugar is a form of simple carbohydrates. If you totally eliminate this from your diet, you will feel sloppy and fatigued. Eating a few slices of loaf and downing a cup of hot cocoa will not veer you away from your adhering to your healthy eating plan. But as they say, too much of a good thing always brings out unfavourable results.

3) Fad diets are just… fads

Hollywood is notorious in rounding up the unhealthy diet rumor mill. Supermodels are publicized to have been constantly drinking teas with laxative capabilities in order to maintain their svelte figures. The Hollywood machinery is full of lies and malicious data.Always stick to a healthy eating plan that’s personally made by a nutritionist for your body type and medical background.

vitamins4) Supplement only if needed. Stick to the standard rule of eating fruits and vegetables daily.

Supplements serve as backup in the event that your normal food intake does not meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the basic micro and macro nutrients.A healthy eating program is geared towards leaving out supplementation.Three cups of veggies twice a day and two cups of fruits three times a day is supposed to be enough. Mega dosing on Vitamin C and A will only be applicable if you are a smoker; otherwise, you just peed off all those ascorbic acid supplements that you’ve been taking.

5) Frying is the least healthiest method of cooking

Ensure that you minimize consumption of fried food. Healthy alternatives to cooking would be baking and steaming. If you are still craving for that “crunch” that only frying can give, try going for an “air” fryer in an appliance store near your area.

6) Take it easy on the salad dressing

A serving of salad is present in all healthy eating plans; however, for it to be really true to the word, you would need to slow down on putting dressing on top of those greens. Some dressings, especially those which have been commercially prepared, are mayonnaise-based; thereby adding unwanted fat content to your food intake.

– Julian is a content specialist for Ratingdietplans.com. Through Rating Diet Plans’ website, he provides informative articles on healthy diet plans, and reviews commercial diets.